Michigan Assisted Living

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In this research guide you will learn how to get a COMPLETE, non-commercial, Statewide list of Assisted Living & Senior Care Facilities Provided by the State of Michigan.

When it comes to researching Assisted Living Care, the State of Michigan is one of the top states in terms of what is provided through State-managed sites and resources.   This is important and significant for seniors and families, as they have a trustworthy, ad-free (or non-commercial) place to go to research Long-Term Care Options such as Assisted Living.

Important Note:  Michigan is one of the handful of States that doesn’t officially recognize the term Assisted Living.  Instead, the state uses “Adult Foster Care” and “Homes for the Aged.”  These care options offer most the services, supports and amenities that one can expect from an ‘”ssisted Living Facility.”

How To Get A List of All Licensed Adult Foster Care Homes (Assisted Living) in Michigan

The State of Michigan’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs provides an outstanding database and Search Tool, available to the public, that provides information on all of the State’s Adult Foster Care Homes, and Homes for the Aged.

This tool has an easy and intuitive search page that looks like this:


This tool will provide you with details for EVERY licensed Senior Care facility in Michigan.

Michigan’s Safest Facilities:

Safe Facilities

To begin, simply fill out the search fields, or, if you want a full list for your area, simply enter the city name, or zip code, or even select your county from the drop-down.  Then, choose your facility type in the last field.

Your output list will look like this:

Facility Output List

Facility details include:

  • License Number
  • Facility Name
  • Facility Type
  • Facility Address
  • City
  • County
  • Telephone Number (Direct)
  • Zip Code

The list can be sorted by the facility name, city or any of the other fields.

To see more data for a particular facility, click on the facility name.  Once you do so, you’ll get to a facility detail page that looks like this:

Facility Details - Home for the Aged

You can see that a great deal of helpful data is included.   In addition to the information provided from the original list page, you’ll learn:

  • Facility Status
  • License Status
  • Effective Date
  • Expiration Date
  • Capacity
  • Services Provided
  • and Additional Licensee Information

How To View Inspections & Complaints Reports for Assisted Living Facilities in Michigan

This is one of the reasons Michigan is among the best states to research Assisted Living in – you have easy access to Inspections and Complaints reports.   This information is included right within the dataset for each facility listed in the LARA database.

On the facility detail page outlined above, toward the bottom, you’ll see a list of reports available.  The section looks like this:


As you can see, it includes a variety of report types.  You’ll be able to view:

  1. Renewal Inspections Reports
  2. Licensing Reports
  3. Special Investigations
  4. Health & Safety
  5. Complaints

To view a report, simply select “View” or you can also download the report to your computer, which will be in a .PDF format.

The report will look something like this:

Special Investigation Report

Report 2

Report 3

Report 4

Report 5

You can see that these reports are comprehensive, and can provide important insights into how a particular facility is managed, and how they respond to issues and complaints.

What Is Adult Foster Care / Homes For the Aged in Michigan?

Lara provides another outstanding section the general public which offers explanations and definitions as to what exactly is “Adult Foster Care” and “Homes for the Aged.”

You can access this important and helpful section here:


This section looks like this:

Adult Foster Care Michigan

You have immediate access to a number of important sub-pages/sections.

Another useful sub-section on the General Public page describes the difference between an AFC and a HFA.

The difference is described as:

“In general, a home for the aged (HFA) provides care to persons who are aged (55 years old or older) while an adult foster care (AFC) home can provide care to any adult in need of adult foster care services. Additionally, Public Act 218 prohibits the licensure of new AFC’s for more than 20 persons, while homes for the aged are licensed for 21 or more persons, unless they are operated as part of a nursing home.

The definition of AFC requires that adult foster care services be provided 24 hours a day, 5 or more days a week, for 2 or more consecutive weeks for compensation, while the definition for HFA does not have those additional qualifiers. Unlike nursing homes, AFC’s and HFA’s are prohibited from providing continuous nursing care though there are residents living in AFC’s and HFA’s who can receive hospice or nursing services from an outside agency.”

Resident Rights

All residents of Senior Living facilities in Michigan, whether it be AFC or HFA – have rights.   These “Resident Rights” should be made available to residents and families.  The State of Michigan provides an overview of Resident Rights here:


If you feel that your (or a loved one’s) rights are being violated or neglected you may file a complaint.

“To make a complaint regarding the violation of Resident Rights contact the Bureau of Community and Health Systems, Children and Adult Licensing Complaint Intake Unit at 866-856-0126 or see Complaints for specific details.”

Additional Resources

Michigan Assisted Living Association

Michigan Residents:


2 thoughts on “Michigan Assisted Living

  1. M

    I think this Elderly woman should be put in a home Her older Doughter can’t no longer care for her. Because this Older Doughter takes money from her Elderly mom. By steeling it. Her older Doughter should have her home or car taken away.

  2. M

    Elderly mom lies to people she’s friends with. She even was a rude evil person as her Doughter was to.other friends who’s close to her are insadent People who don’t know that there being taken.

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